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Police blotter from the Nov. 14 edition of The Sun

Hamburg bike thief arrested
Officer Jonathan Wright of the town of Hamburg Police Department was dispatched to a South Park Avenue residence in response to a reported bicycle larceny at 5:10 p.m. on Oct. 6.

The bicycle owner reported that an unknown suspect had removed his black Trek Mountain bicycle from the rear of the McDonald’s parking lot. Patrol checked the area and reported negative results.

At 9:20, Wright received a phone call from the brother of the owner, saying that the bicycle had been recovered on South Park Avenue near Quinby Drive, from suspect David Smith, 22, of Hamburg. The brother said that he recognized Smith as a former coworker at Tim Hortons.

The reporting individual said that Smith had admitted to taking the bicycle.

Police attempted to interview Smith, but had negative results; a warrant for the subject’s arrest was completed on Oct. 7.

At 3:37 a.m. on Oct. 8, Smith was picked up by Evans Police and turned over to Hamburg Police. He was arraigned at the Hamburg Town Court and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Fire found in Boston
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Grube responded to a report of a residential fire on Boston State Road on Oct. 30. The smoke was emanating from the front lower apartment.

Police reported that there was smoke in the building; the blower motor on the furnace was smoking. No other fire was found in the building.

Two arrested for possession
Michael Balistrieri, 22, of Evans, and Makenzie Spaulding, 20, of Angola, were arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana at 8:51 p.m. on Oct. 27.

The arrest was done by Evans Police Department patrolmen.

Both offenders claimed possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. They were issued appearance tickets for the village of Angola Court on Nov. 12. The cannabis and accoutrements were seized.

Burglary remains under investigation
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hicks responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Sisson Highway in North Collins on Oct. 8.

The homeowner had reported that an unknown individual had entered the home, while he was outside in an outbuilding. The reporting individual said that numerous items were removed from the building.

The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office detective bureau.

Angola man arrested
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Hicks was called to the Seneca Hawk Fuel Station in regard to an employee who was caught, on camera, stealing cash from the register on Oct. 8.

Police arrested 28-year-old Michael Flower of Angola and charged the subject with petit larceny.

Flower was transported to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail, pending an appearance in the town of Brant Court.

Evans man arrested for possession

When Evans Patrolman Jeffrey DeVinney was investigating an incident at 3:51 a.m. on Sept. 30, he observed Brian Chipman, 21, of Evans in a vehicle, sleeping and tilted to the side, with a cell phone in his hand.

Patrol knocked on the glass and yelled for Chipman to wake up. He said that the subject “was extremely confused and staring” at the officer. When DeVinney advised Chipman to open the door, the offender continued to stare and did not acknowledge the police officer.

When Chipman eventually opened the door, DeVinney observed a plastic bag with a white film to it in the center cup holder. Chipman told police that the bag contained cocaine and that he had ingested the substance.

The subject was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and was transported to the Evans Police Department. Chipman was released on appearance tickets.

Two arrests made in Wal-Mart parking lot
Officer David Jasinski of the Town of Hamburg Police Department arrested Adam Lumbar, 18, of West Seneca and Elise Kohler, 23, of Buffalo at 2:56 a.m. on Oct. 10 at 5360 Southwestern Blvd.

Jasinski stopped a vehicle for making a left turn on a steady red light from Southwestern Boulevard into the Wal-Mart parking lot. Lumbar and Kohler were reported to be acting suspiciously. Jasinski reported that a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the interior of the vehicle. When asked why the car smelled of marijuana, Lumbar said that the group had just smoked weed at a friend’s house.

Police reported that all parties were asked to exit the vehicle for further investigation. Jasinski reported to have found a clear plastic bag of a substance known to be marijuana and a scale that is used for weighing, in the center console of the vehicle. Kohler told police that it was her cannabis. The officer also reported finding a black gravity knife on Lumbar.

The vehicle was towed. During vehicle inventory, police reported finding a case of beer cans and a bottle of vanilla-flavored vodka. Police said that Kohler reported that she had purchased the alcohol for David Hirsch, 18, of the town of Hamburg, who was also in the car.

Lumbar was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kohler was arrested for underage distribution of alcohol.

The subject was released on an appearance ticket with an Oct. 15 court date. Lumbar was released on $250 bail with a return date for Oct. 11.

Drunk driver tries his hand at burglary
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III announced that 36-year-old Angel Morales of Buffalo pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated driving while intoxicated (“Leandra’s Law”) and endangering the welfare of a child, before Erie County Court Judge Thomas Franczyk. These are the highest charges for which Morales could have been convicted, had he gone to trial.

At 7:51 p.m. on July 25, Morales collided with another vehicle on Old Lakeshore Road in the town of Hamburg. Responding officers observed nine children, all younger than 15 years old, inside Morales’ vehicle; police said that there were more children than seats in the car.

Responding officers also observed the odor of alcohol on Morales’ breath, as well as his slurred speech and impaired motor coordination. Morales failed four field sobriety tests and registered a 0.13 percent blood alcohol content.

Morales also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in the second degree, a violent felony, before Franczyk.

On Aug. 12, while free on the bail he posted for the aggravated DWI charge, Morales burgled a Hamburg residence, stealing prescription medications, a purse and jewelry.

The subject was apprehended and remanded into the custody of the Erie County sheriff, where he has since remained.

The aggravated DWI case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher McCarthy, who is assigned to Sedita’s vehicular crimes bureau.

The burglary case was prosecuted by ADA James Mansour, who is assigned to Sedita’s felony trial bureau. Both cases were investigated by officers from the town of Hamburg Police Department.

Morales faces up to 11 years in state prison; he was scheduled to reappear before Franczyk.

Two arrested for Wal-Mart shoplifting
At 8:14 p.m. on Oct. 11, two loss prevention employees at the Wal-Mart at 5360 Southwestern Blvd. observed Tiera Jackson, 16, of Buffalo and Shawndrea Robinson, 18, of Buffalo pass all points of purchase and exit the store without paying for their merchandise.

The two individuals were stopped and escorted to the security office, where the stolen merchandise was recovered. Jackson and Robinson were both brought to the town of Hamburg Police Station on $100 bail; neither possessed any valid form of identification.

The arrest was made by Lt. Nicholas Budney of the town of Hamburg Police Department.

Jackson was charged with $78 worth of goods and Robinson was charged for $108 worth of merchandise. Arrest reports and detention sheets were reported to be completed and properly secured. The two subjects were released on $50 bail each to family members. They were ordered to return to court at a later date.
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